So our friendly do-everything-guy, Tim, studied Layla's pictures and got to work. This is how we lived with our fireplace for months.
We liked the fireplace much better just with plywood glued to it, though the gorgeous Island Stone tile hearth helped too!
Next came more perfectly cut angles and a preview of the GORGEOUS mantel.
Finally the day arrived when everything came together beautifully!
We couldn't be happier with our new fireplace! Thanks Tim!